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STEM Education News

April 17, 2015

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National News & Opinion

Committee-Passed ESEA Reauthorization Bill Includes STEM Booster The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on April 16 approved the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The legislation includes an amendment sponsored by Senators Al Franken (D-MN), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Parry Murray (D-WA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) that seeks to improve student instruction and outcomes in STEM, including development of a STEM master teacher corps. See the legislation text, amendments, and archived video of the mark-up sessions here.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently submitted to the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, its study, Women in STEM Research: Federal Agencies Differ in the Data They Collect on Grant Applicants (GAO-15-291R). The analysis focuses on the extent to which federal agencies collect data that could be used to analyze differences, if any, in federal grants to women and men in STEM fields. See also Could Demographic Information Boost the Number of Women in STEM? from.

Women Best Men in Faculty Hiring Study, by Rachel Bernstein, Science. Women may actually have a slight edge in obtaining faculty STEM positions.

Opinion:  Focus on STEM Education a No-Brainer, by Lloyd Bentsen IV, The Dallas Morning News. “Without a firm grasp on the basics of scientific thought and processes, how could we expect our children to continue leading the world in technological innovation?”

From the States

Pennsylvania: Racer Jeff Gordon’s Car Now a Beacon for Penn State & STEM. From

California: Poll Reveals STEM Education, Not Technology a Priority for State’s Voters, Education World, by Nicole Gorman, Education World.

Tennessee: STEM Women Stories: Aspire and Inspire, by Deborah J. Levine, Huffington Post.

Georgia: Book Headed to Space to Support STEM Education, Broadway World. Author Ben Parr’s book, Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention will be auctioned off to support STEM education.


Check out the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education full calendar of STEM events.